Win-try Giveaway

The East Coast is about to be dumped upon by Snowstorm Jonas, so we thought we'd do something fun to convince you to enjoy the snow (or sun depending upon your location). This weekend we want you to get outside. Throw on a CB tee or sweatshirt, head outside, and have some fun. Snap a selfie while you're at it and tag it on twitter or instagram with #CBwinterFTW. Make sure we can see your CB gear in the picture and make sure you're outside! Whether that means snow angels with your kids, a hike in the woods with your SO, or a relaxing day on the beach with a good book - we want to see you in your element.

Contest is open to everyone (yes, even international customers!) as long as your entry is posted on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #CBwinterFTW before 11:59pm EST on Sunday, January 24, 2016. We'll select some winners on Monday, January 25, 2016 and update this post to reflect those winners. Chosen entries will win a $50USD coupon to use on a future Cotton Bureau purchase.

Have a private twitter or instagram? We can't see your entry! If that's the case, make sure you email us a screenshot of your entry by the deadline, 11:59pm EST, Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Contest has closed and winners have been contacted.

We're Giving Away The Droid You're Looking For.

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TL;DR: Today's the last day you can order a CB Kids tee that'll ship in time for holiday delivery, so we’re giving away a Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid for every 50 CB Kids tees we sell today (Monday December 7 until 11:59pm EST. The more tees you buy, the more entries you get (up to 5). If you’re the fine print-readin’ sort, make sure to read the contest rules below.

Alright, we’re going to make a series of statements. Here goes:

  1. You (probably) have kids in your life.
  2. You (again, probably) haven’t finished shopping for their holiday gifts yet.
  3. We sell kids t-shirts, and they ship in time for holiday delivery (so long as you order today and live in the U.S.).
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out pretty soon, and that little BB-8 droid sure make a cool toy.
  5. Kids (and grown-ups) love cool toys.

Put it all together and whaddaya got? All day today, Monday December 7, we’re giving away a Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid for every 50 CB Kids tees we sell. The more shirts you buy today (until midnight EST), the more entries you get (up to 5). What’s a Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid, you ask? Well, in case you’re not the Star Wars type (or if you’ve been trapped under something heavy for the last six months and haven’t made it to a mall), it’s the hottest toy this holiday season (Non-Hoverboard Division), and your kid probably wants it. It connects to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, responds to voice commands, charges inductively, and gyroscopically propels itself anywhere within a 30m radius (we're thinking of buying one for the office).

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This contest ends later tonight, so don't delay. After today, we can't guarantee holiday delivery for CB Kids tees. We're coming down to the wire on the holiday season, so buy some sweet tees for your little one, and maybe make the smile on their face a little wider with a BB-8 droid. Help us, Cotton Bureau friends...you're our only hope.

Give Back Friday

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Black Friday is coming next week (and we have some dark, dark things planned), but in the meantime, we decided to brighten things up a bit this holiday season with a new thing we're calling Give Back Friday. What the heck is Give Back Friday? Here's how it's gonna go down: for one day only, Friday, November 20 (from 12:01am to 11:59pm EST), we're going to raise the prices of all Cotton Bureau shirts by $3 (that's right, we said raise our prices). That extra $3 per shirt (along with a matching $3 of our own) is going straight to DonorsChoose.org, an online charity where public school teachers in America post classroom projects—like books, field trips, or art supplies—and donors like us can fund them.

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We'll be donating money as it comes in tomorrow, so keep an eye on this blog post or @cottonbureau on Twitter for the projects we're knocking off the board. Buy some awesome t-shirts for everybody on your holiday list, and let's help out some schools, teachers, and students at the very same time.

Donations made on Friday, November 20th.

While our donation period is over, if you'd still like to participate, you can donate directly to a few remaining classrooms we're fond of through our Giving Page. Thanks for all of your support and generosity which allowed us to donate more than $1800 to classrooms in need.

Introducing Cotton Bureau Kids

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Introducing Cotton Bureau Kids! After months of research and preparation, and years of fielding requests from customers and designers alike, we’re finally ready to launch kids apparel. We're not kidding! As we speak, there are 50+ (and counting) new and classic designs ready for your little ones. CB Kids works a little differently than normal CB (actually, a lot differently), so read carefully...

CB Kids designs are printed-on-demand!
That's right...no more waiting weeks for a product to print and ship. CB Kids will be digitally printed-on-demand and shipped within a few days (great for gift-giving).

CB Kids designs are always available!
There's no two-week sale on these...CB Kids designs will always be available to purchase. No need to sweat whether you made your purchase before the deadline.

What else do you need to know?
We're covering kids of all sizes: infants (onesies and tees), toddlers (tees), and youth (tees). We're printing CB Kids on Rabbit Skins, a brand of 100% cotton ringspun cotton kids apparel. We're keeping prices around $21 for infant and toddler tees, $22 for youth tees.

We think CB Kids is gonna be awesome, and we hope you're as excited as we are. Let's make our new little products as huge as possible.

We're Making The Switch

Back in late June we asked you all to help us determine whether or not we should switch away from American Apparel tees for our shirt blanks. Thanks to the more than 500 of you who ordered over 650 tees to test drive, the results are finally in: we will be switching to Next Level as our primary t-shirt supplier very soon (the first NL shirts should start appearing on the site around the end of the month). An overwhelming majority of customers found little to no difference in the quality, comfort, fit, and feel of the Next Level tees in comparison to the AA tees we have been using.

This is great news because the outlook for American Apparel as a supplier got even more grim while we executed this test. To see that there may not be an American Apparel within a year, well, that wouldn't be good for us or, more importantly, you.

While you may not have noticed any turbulence because of American Apparel’s death spiral, at various points over this summer we’ve found it necessary to reach out to customers to let them know we would be unable to fulfill their order as scheduled. That breaks our hearts. Whether it was a two week delay because American Apparel couldn’t deliver or switching to another color or vendor, we depend on reliable vendors. When they can’t fulfill their promises that put us in a precarious position. By switching to Next Level we believe we will be better positioned to deliver on our own promises: high quality, well designed tees, tanks, and sweatshirts from the best designers, illustrators, letterers, and artists around the world. If you didn't get a chance to test drive a Next Level tee back in June, let us know. We have a few extras lying around we'd be happy to mail out if you're concerned about fit.


Designers, download our new mockup template with Next Level tee colors.


Here’s what y'all told us about your experience with Next Level:

“It seemed pretty good quality to be fair, no complaints from me on this one. Cheers.”

“Tighter fit, not as soft but the overall feel of the shirt was better.”

“The change in shape after the wash was good. The first time I tried it on out of the envelope, it felt too roomy in the chest. After the wash it was great.”

“It felt like it was thicker material & would survive more washes. I liked the way it felt to the hand.”

“It’s a great quality shirt. My wife wants to steal it from me… I’d definitely support you switching to use Next Level tees exclusively.”

“I liked that on the new men's tee (which as a larger-chested woman I usually buy men's) the sleeves are a bit shorter than the older tees. I like the shorter sleeves of the women's tees... they just don't fit me quite right. But I think the new tees are a happy middle ground.”

“I like the Next Level tees. Great idea for a look to switch to. I support jumping ship from AA. I agree that they are questionable. My only thing with the Next Level shirts is that they are a bit shorter. This may not be a concern for most, but I am 6'7" so finding a shirt that fit at all was a win. I would just have to be really careful not to dry it.”

“I like the new shirts! They're tighter in the sleeves which was initially uncomfortable but I got used to it.”

“I love it, and prefer it to American Apparel. I've bought close to 10 CB shirts, and would love the change. Thanks for all you do, guys.”

“I like the thickness of the shirt. It feels more durable. like it will last longer. I really like the small fit in the neck and chest. Wish the length was a little longer. I actually air dry my shirts since I worry about shrinking. I am on the border of a medium and a large and always go with the medium. if it shrinks too much it becomes unwearable for me.”

“LOVE the Next Level tee. It holds it's shape after wearing all day, and comes in sizes that actually make some sense. I've bought a few shirts from you guys, but gotten tired of the ‘what will this one actually fit like’ surprise with the AA tees you use. I intend to buy many many shirts once you switch over.”

“Husband said his felt thinner than the AA, but overall I think it's comparable. I would rather support a more reputable company than AA so by all means go with the change!”

“The Next Level shirts definitely feel more reliable. AA shirts always seemed like they could shrink or stretch during a wash. Also the length is much better with the NL versions.”